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The Big Earthquake March 11, 2011, 14:46

東北地方太平洋沖地震
magnitude 9:0

. Tohoku Region Pacific Ocean Offshore Earthquake .

東北関東大震災

. Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster .
. Great East Japan Earthquake .



earthquake night -
the stars are as silent
as ever







. Great Eastern Japan Earthquake .

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. 明治三陸大津波 Meiji Sanriku Dai Tsunami 1896 .
The story of Fukuji and his descendants today
- Tono Monogatari now and then -
北川福二 Kitagawa Fukuji (1860 - 1929)
Tōno monogatari 遠野物語 Tono Monogatari - Tales of Tono


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Presented by Dr. med. Gabi Greve
Okayama prefecture

Daruma Museum Japan
World Kigo Database


. Daruma for Tohoku .


My home is about 1000 km away from the atomic reactors.
We live high up in the mountains, no worry about tsunami.

I will try and compile a daily report after this triple event of

earthquake
tsunami
Fukushima reactor

Please use the sidebar on the right to navigate this BLOG.



As time goes by (now April 11, 2011) there are more rumors spreading and opinions vented.
The damage at the nuclear plant in Fukushima has been upgraded to level 7, like Chernobyl.

I am trying to keep cool amongst all this.

Most entries are a mix of haiku and facts,
from the NHK WORLD online bulletins.

I will try to feature the latest news about the development after the earthquake.

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. . . . . : after July 11, 2011

I have to stop the intensive daily reporting.

I will try and keep separate updates on the information of the following topics:

. Radiation problems - INFO .

. Reconstruction efforts - INFO .

. The Political Situation .  INFO .

. Hamaoka Power Plant . INFO .


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. Nai no kami 地震神 .  
The Japanese god of earthquakes



god of earthquakes -
what does it take
to keep you quiet ?





Thank you, Origa san, for your haiga.
Let us hope Nai no Kami accepts this offering.



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The Super Earthquake March 11, 2011
東北地方太平洋沖地震
magnitude 9:0
with a huge tsunami of more than 10 meters

. Tohoku region Pacific Ocean
offshore earthquake .
 

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. The Great Wave by Hokusai 北斎 津波 .
has become a symbol of the Tsunami.


. Earthquake Daruma .


. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
Pilgrimage to 36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .



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4/15/2016

Kumamoto April 2016

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Earthquake in Kumamoto, April 15, 2016 - M 7.1
Earthquake in Kumamoto, April 16, 2016 - M 7.3

熊本 地震



source : yahoo.co.jp/weather

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9 dead, over 700 injured after 6.4 quake hits southwest Japan ...
Strongest earthquake since 2011 strikes Kumamoto area
Deadly earthquake topples buildings in southern Japan
The earthquake struck in Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu
with a magnitude of 7.1
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The most amazing fact about this earthquake is the number of strong and less strong aftershocks.
Here is a list of the first 24 hours -
and then the stronger ones, as they keep coming:
source : yahoo.co.jp/weather

---- to be updated

2016年4月16日 16時05分 熊本県熊本地方 5.3 5弱
2016年4月16日 9時51分 熊本県熊本地方 5.4 6弱
2016年4月16日 7時27分 熊本県熊本地方 4.8 5弱

Oita 2016年4月16日 7時14分 大分県中部 5.3 5弱
and a lot more smaller quakes in Oita now

2016年4月16日 3時59分 熊本県阿蘇地方 5.8 6強
2016年4月16日 3時09分 熊本県阿蘇地方 5.8 5強
2016年4月16日 1時58分 熊本県熊本地方 6.0 6弱
2016年4月16日 1時49分 熊本県熊本地方 5.3 6弱

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- - - - - Another stronger one, M7.3 (M7.1)
2016年4月16日 1時40分 熊本県熊本 7.1 6強


- - - - - and felt in Okayama
岡山県 岡山北区  岡山東区  津山市  笠岡市  井原市  高梁市  新見市  瀬戸内市  赤磐市  美作市  浅口市  早島町  矢掛町 
with at least 13 more deaths and 450 injured

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15時27分ごろ 2016年4月15日 15時32分 熊本県熊本地方 4.1 4
2016年4月15日 13時50分ごろ 2016年4月15日 13時53分 熊本県熊本地方 4.0 3
2016年4月15日 12時46分ごろ 2016年4月15日 12時49分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月15日 9時53分ごろ 2016年4月15日 9時56分 熊本県熊本地方 3.9 3
2016年4月15日 9時02分ごろ 2016年4月15日 9時06分 熊本県熊本地方 3.8 3
2016年4月15日 7時55分ごろ 2016年4月15日 7時58分 熊本県熊本地方 3.2 3
7時30分ごろ 2016年4月15日 7時33分 熊本県熊本地方 4.2 4
2016年4月15日 7時20分ごろ 2016年4月15日 7時23分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月15日 6時24分ごろ 2016年4月15日 6時28分 熊本県熊本地方 3.0 3
2016年4月15日 5時32分ごろ 2016年4月15日 5時35分 熊本県熊本地方 3.8 3
2016年4月15日 5時13分 熊本県熊本地方 4.6 4
2016年4月15日 5時01分ごろ 2016年4月15日 5時05分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月15日 4時19分ごろ 2016年4月15日 4時23分 熊本県熊本地方 3.1 3
2016年4月15日 3時41分 熊本県熊本地方 4.1 4
2016年4月15日 2時14分ごろ 2016年4月15日 2時17分 熊本県熊本地方 4.2 3
2016年4月15日 1時59分ごろ 2016年4月15日 2時02分 熊本県熊本地方 3.6 3
2016年4月15日 1時56分 熊本県熊本地方 4.8 5弱
2016年4月15日 1時21分ごろ 2016年4月15日 1時24分 熊本県熊本地方 4.0 3
2016年4月15日 1時04分ごろ 2016年4月15日 1時08分 熊本県熊本地方 3.9 3
2016年4月15日 0時58分 熊本県熊本地方 3.8 4
2016年4月15日 0時53分 熊本県熊本地方 4.2 4
2016年4月15日 0時47分ごろ 2016年4月15日 0時51分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 3
2016年4月15日 0時38分 熊本県熊本地方 4.5 4
2016年4月15日 0時20分ごろ 2016年4月15日 0時23分 熊本県熊本地方 4.0 3
2016年4月15日 0時13分ごろ 2016年4月15日 0時17分 熊本県熊本地方 3.9 3
2016年4月15日 0時09分 熊本県熊本地方 6.4 6強

2016年4月14日 23時48分 熊本県熊本地方 5.0 4
2016年4月14日 23時32分 熊本県熊本地方 4.4 4
2016年4月14日 23時04分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 3
2016年4月14日 22時54分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月14日 22時51分 熊本県熊本地方 3.5 3
2016年4月14日 22時46分 熊本県熊本地方 4.3 4
2016年4月14日 22時43分 熊本県熊本地方 5.0 5弱
2016年4月14日 22時35分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 3
2016年4月14日 22時30分 熊本県熊本地方 3.6 3
2016年4月14日 22時27分 熊本県熊本地方 4.6 4
2016年4月14日 22時23分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 3
2016年4月14日 22時20分 熊本県熊本地方 4.2 4
2016年4月14日 22時15分 熊本県熊本地方 4.3 4
2016年4月14日 22時12分 熊本県熊本地方 5.7 6弱
2016年4月14日 22時09分 --- --- 6弱
2016年4月14日 22時07分 熊本県熊本地方 3.3 2
2016年4月14日 22時04分 熊本県熊本地方 3.0 2
2016年4月14日 21時58分 熊本県熊本地方 4.0 4
2016年4月14日 21時48分 熊本県熊本地方 4.9 4
ろ 2016年4月14日 21時44分 熊本県熊本地方 3.9 4

2016年4月14日 21時26分 2016年4月14日 21時36分 熊本県熊本地方 6.4 7

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- NHK news -

9 dead in Kumamoto earthquake
At least 9 people died in a powerful earthquake that struck southwestern Japan late Thursday. Strong aftershocks are continuing and many people have been forced to flee.



Strong aftershocks are continuing and many people have been forced to flee.

An NHK robotic camera captured the moment when the magnitude 6.5 quake hit Kumamoto City shortly before 9:30PM. Nearly half of the over 200-meter-long wall surrounding Kumamoto Castle has been damaged.
The stone wall is an important cultural asset.

NHK footage filmed how its newsroom near the castle shook violently.

Officials at Kumamoto Prefecture say more than 900 people have received medical care.
They say one person who died was trapped under a collapsed house.

Police say another casualty was reported in a fire in the neighboring town of Mashiki, where the hardest jolt was recorded. Other fires also broke out in affected areas.

Over 100 aftershocks are rocking the area, some of them nearly as strong as the first tremor, causing more damage to buildings.

Utility companies in the prefecture say more than a thousand households have lost gas and electricity.

Officials say more than 30,000 people in the prefecture have fled. Town officials also transferred their emergency operations headquarters to an evacuation facility, because electricity is out, shelves collapsed, and objects are scattered across the floor of their office.

The main highway cracked and crumbled over a wide area. Certain sections have been closed.

Officials at Japan Railway Company say one of its Shinkansen bullet trains was derailed by the earthquake in Kumamoto city. No one was hurt. The out-of-service train was on its way to a garage.

Japan's only online nuclear plant is located in the same region of Kyushu. Officials say there are no irregularities with the 2 reactors at the Sendai plant. They say they remain in operation.

9 dead, over 1,000 injured in Kumamoto quake
Agency warns of aftershocks, heavy rain
Severe quake damage concentrated along river

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Another - - - M7.3 earthquake hits southwestern Japan
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan, injuring many people.
Japan's Meteorological Agency says the quake occurred at around 1:25AM on Saturday. It says the focus was 12 kilometers deep in Kumamoto Prefecture.
The jolt registered an intensity of 6 plus on the Japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7 in some parts of the prefecture.
The Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory for coastal areas of the Ariake and Yatsushiro Seas, but lifted it about 50 minutes later.



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25 persons confirmed dead



A lot of severe landslides blocking roads and railways.

The nearby volcano, Asosan 阿蘇山 is having a small eruption.

The reactors at Sendai remain in operation.


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32 persons confirmed dead


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42 persons confirmed dead
at least 9 still missing


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The Kumamoto castle is badly damaged, the Yagura standing here on just one pillar of stones last night, is gone now next morning.




Aso Jinja in ruins.

Some experts say this was just a prelude to a real big series of quakes, maybe the Nankai one.

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- quote Japan Times, April 18 -
Despite assurances, quakes prompt calls to switch off Japan’s nuclear reactors

Calls in and outside of Japan are growing to shut down the nations' only two operating reactors at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.



Since Thursday, the Meteorological Agency has recorded nearly 530 quakes at level 1 or above on the Japanese intensity scale in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures. This includes more than 80 registering a 4 or higher on the scale. The agency has warned that seismic activity in the region may continue over the next week, possibly prompting more deadly landslides.

But despite the frequency of the quakes, the Sendai plant, just over the border from Kumamoto in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, has continued to generate electricity since the initial magnitude-6.5 quake rocked Kumamoto on Thursday, followed by a magnitude-7.3 temblor early Saturday.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Monday morning it had confirmed there were no abnormalities at the Sendai plant or at the nation’s other nuclear facilities.

It said the seismic intensity measured by the earthquakes was well below the level at which reactors should be switched off.

In addition, the NRA said, no problems were reported with the spent fuel pools at the Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture, the Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture and the Shimane plant in Shimane Prefecture.

But with continued quakes and aftershocks, fears are growing about what the constant shaking could mean in terms of cumulative damage that could result in a nuclear crisis.

An online Japanese- and English-language petition by a former Kumamoto resident to shut down the Sendai plant had drawn over 42,000 signatures worldwide as of Monday morning, while anti-nuclear activists in Fukui Prefecture have also criticized Kyushu Electric Power Co. and the NRA for continuing to operate the plant.

In Saga Prefecture on Sunday, about 100 mayors and town heads belonging to the Mayors for a Nuclear Power Free Japan added their voices, calling for the central government and the NRA to re-evaluate the way earthquake safety standards for nuclear power plants are calculated.
They also want the government to grant localities within 30 km of a nuclear power plant the legal authority to approve or reject reactor restarts.

The decision to keep the Sendai reactors running is also drawing criticism overseas.

“Given the general situation on Kyushu — including the ongoing seismic and volcanic activity, the large number of evacuees, and the damage to the transportation infrastructure — I believe it would be prudent for the reactors to be shut down until conditions have stabilized,” Edwin Lyman, a senior scientist at the Washington-based Union of Concerned Scientists and an expert on nuclear materials and atomic power safety policy, said in an email to The Japan Times.

In Ikata, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku Electric hopes to restart the Ikata No. 3 reactor by this summer. But the revelation that the plant lies near the same fault line running through Kumamoto, the Japan Median Tectonic Line, the possibility of a disaster caused by a quake has locals concerned, especially about damage to infrastructure damage that would make it difficult to evacuate residents by either land or sea.

In light of the continued quakes and concerns by locals, political leaders in the area who OK’d the restart are likely to face intense pressure to rethink their stance.

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3/08/2016

216 March 11

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The sixth year after the earthquake starts !


five years later -
nothing can erase
these memories

March Eleven -
the power of death
and life






. Remember March 11, 2011, 14:46  

. Remember March 11, 2013, 14:46  


. Hokusai : The Great Wave and the Tsunami .


In Retrospect
. - The End of the Year 2011 - .


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A lot is written and aired on TV
for the fifth anniversary of the events on March 11, 2011.



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another spring -
can the Kappa survive
radioactivity ?






. Legends from Fukushima .


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NHK Earthquake Charity Song
Hana wa Saku 花は咲く Flowers Will Bloom




MORE videos to watch groups singing for Tohoku:
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. Radiation Problems - INFO .


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12/30/2015

Fox in Fukushima

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Fox in Fukushima - December 30, 2016

A fox has been found inside the heavily contaminated reactor 2 building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant, Tepco said.
It is the first time that an animal has been discovered in any of the reactor buildings at the power plant, including the reactors 1 and 3, which experienced core meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

On Dec. 21, the image of the fox was captured by a camera inside the unit 2 building, Tepco said on Monday, adding that the current whereabouts of the fox was unknown.

According to Tepco, the fox was found near pipes connected to treactor 2’s containment vessel. Aerial radiation levels at the site were around 300 millisieverts per hour, while radiation levels on the floor reached 7 sieverts.

The fox may have entered the reactor 2 building through an opening created by the tsunami, Tepco said.

In March 2013, cooling equipment for a spent nuclear fuel pool at the power plant stopped briefly due to a power failure caused by a rat.

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3/11/2015

2015 March 11

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The fifth year after the earthquake starts !


four years later -
nothing can erase
these memories

March Eleven -
the power of death
and life






. Remember March 11, 2011, 14:46  

. Remember March 11, 2013, 14:46  


. Hokusai : The Great Wave and the Tsunami .


In Retrospect
. - The End of the Year 2011 - .


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another spring -
can the Kappa survive
radioactivity ?






. Legends from Fukushima .


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NHK Earthquake Charity Song
Hana wa Saku 花は咲く Flowers Will Bloom





MORE videos to watch groups singing for 2013:
. NHK - www.nhk.or.jp/ashita .



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. - Read the latest information - .
our Tohoku forum on facebook


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is becoming a kind of buzzword since 2014.



. Join our forum on Facebook .


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3/11/2014

- March 11, 2014 - Remember 2011

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The fourth year after the earthquake starts !


three years later -
nothing can erase
these memories

March Eleven -
the power of death
and life






. Remember March 11, 2011, 14:46  

. Remember March 11, 2013, 14:46  


. Hokusai : The Great Wave and the Tsunami .


In Retrospect
. - The End of the Year 2011 - .


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NHK Earthquake Charity Song
Hana wa Saku 花は咲く Flowers Will Bloom






Please take your time to listen here:
source : vimeo.com


MORE videos to watch groups singing for 2013:
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List of Tohoku Initiatives

This is a {preliminary} list of groups, individuals, and institutions active in the disaster hit area of Tohoku in northern Japan, or of projects elsewhere in Japan that can serve as good practice examples for reconstruction.
In its current state,
it represents an unsystematic, broad collection of various projects of differing scopes and scales. In the long-run, however, we aim to provide a systematic database and map of who is doing what, where, how, and with which success in the fields of alternative energy, community building, multi-generation housing, transportation, architecture, master plans, agriculture, economic development, and art & design.
source : tpf2.net/initiatives



Japan earthquakes 2011
Visualization map
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Gabi reports:

March eleven -
I turn the calendar leaf
with a heavy heart  



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Bulletins from NHK Online - March 2014

- - - - - March 4
Fukushima town to start rebuilding
A town that co-hosts the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has signed a deal with a government-affiliated agency to rebuild part of the town's infrastructure during the next 4 years.
All 10,000 residents of the town of Okuma were evacuated due to the nuclear accident 3 years ago.
The municipality will start work on the Ogawara district as the first step in rebuilding the community. The government's decontamination efforts have decreased radiation levels in Ogawara, in the southern part of the town. Residents are allowed to visit the district but not to live there.
The municipality hopes to have electricity, water and other infrastructure in place by the end of March 2017.
Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe and Ikuo Kaminishi, president of the semi-public Urban Renaissance Agency, signed a memorandum on Monday to get the project under way.
Watanabe said reconstruction in the area will be the first step toward rebuilding Okuma. He said he hopes to start work as soon as possible with the agency's help.
The town and agency plan to hold further discussions so they can reach a more detailed agreement in fiscal 2014.


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More quake-affected families separating
An NHK survey shows that an increasing number of people who evacuated after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami have left the temporary housing where their families live.

NHK conducts an annual survey at a temporary housing complex in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi Prefecture. The 1,100-unit Kaisei housing complex is the largest in the affected areas.
370 people responded to the 3rd survey this year. 33.2 percent said some family members have gone to live elsewhere. That's a 40 percent increase from the survey taken 2 years ago.
38.4 percent said their families had to split up because the living space was too small. Some others cited worsening family relations and divorce.
Professor Yasuo Yamazaki of Ishinomaki Senshu University, who studies the lives of the evacuees at the Kaisei complex, says younger people are leaving temporary housing because it is inconvenient to commute to work or school.
He says it is important that municipalities and volunteer groups work together to support those elderly people who tend to get left behind.


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Survey: 74% of voluntary evacuees not returning
An NHK survey has found that many voluntary evacuees from Fukushima are still haunted by radiation fears and plan to live outside the prefecture for good.
NHK conducted the survey ahead of the 3rd anniversary of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Following the March 2011 accident, at least 25,000 people who lived outside government-designated evacuation zones left the prefecture voluntarily. NHK received responses from 307 such people.
Results show that 74 percent are planning to stay where they are now or find a new place to settle down. Some of these people had returned to Fukushima at one point but decided to flee again. Many of them cited fears about radiation and possible exposure.

65 percent of the respondents said their household budgets are squeezed, due mostly to a decline in income and savings. Transportation costs were also cited as a heavy burden.
Voluntary evacuees are subject to partial waivers of expressway tolls and limited housing support under a government program.
The survey respondents included 129 households in which the husbands are staying in Fukushima but their wives live separately.

97 percent of them said the husbands have work in the prefecture. 25 percent of the couples cited conflicting views on evacuation and radiation as the reasons for living apart.

37 percent of the couples that live apart said family ties have deteriorated.

60 percent said they were consulting their partners less about personal concerns and about 70 percent said they talk less.

23 percent of the overall respondents had divorced or were planning to divorce.

Kenichiro Kawasaki co-leads an aid group called the Save Fukushima Children Lawyers' Network that is supporting the voluntary evacuees.
Kawasaki says the evacuees need thorough assistance that serves their needs. He notes they have the right to evacuate under law, so they should be granted necessary support to ease the financial strain of being displaced for a long time.



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Survey shows 60% see little progress in rebuilding
More than 60 percent of the people responding to a survey see little progress in efforts to reconstruct areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute conducted the nationwide survey from November to December of last year. It covered 3,600 people aged 16 or older. Sixty-eight percent responded.
55 percent of the respondents said reconstruction efforts are showing little progress, and 9 percent said they see no progress at all.
The survey also asked how respondents feel about efforts to decontaminate areas affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
13 percent said they recognize progress, while 85 percent saw little progress.
The survey also asked about the largest task for the Japanese government in the reconstruction process.
45 percent of the respondents cited handling the effects of the nuclear accident.
Associate Professor Reo Kimura of the University of Hyogo says many people affected by the disaster still cannot imagine what the areas and towns will look like after rebuilding. He says that, therefore, people are unable to sense that recovery is making progress.
Meanwhile, another survey shows that the number of corporate bankruptcies believed to result from the disaster was nearly 1,500.
Credit research firm Teikoku Databank says there were 1,485 such bankruptcies since the disaster through last month.
It says the failed companies had a total of more than 21,000 employees.

Anti-nuclear protest on 3rd-year anniversary

Anti-nuclear activists staged a rally in Tokyo on Sunday ahead of the 3rd anniversary of the March 11th accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The protesters marched through the streets toward the Diet building. They held up placards demanding the elimination of nuclear power plants for the protection of children.
They surrounded the parliament building, saying the nation's nuclear plants should not be restarted.
The organizer said about 10,000 people took to the streets. Police put the figure at about 4,000.

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Abe calls for accelerating reconstruction efforts
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed his Cabinet to further accelerate reconstruction efforts from the March 11th 2011 tsunami, earthquake and nuclear disasters.
He and his Cabinet ministers attended a joint meeting of the Nuclear Disaster Taskforce and the Reconstruction Council on Monday, the eve of the 3rd anniversary of the calamity.
The Prime Minister said it is important to support the livelihoods of the long-time evacuees and to restore their workplaces. In particular, he called for efforts to prevent the elderly from living in isolation and for providing mental care for children. ...
... The prime minister said it is important to take the opportunity not only to rebuild disaster areas but to address problems such as the declining population, the aging society, and the hollowing out of industry.
He added that the government will work to create a new Tohoku region that will serve as a model for Japan and the world.


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NRA head urges recalling 2011 nuclear disaster
Tuesday marks the 3rd anniversary of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
The head of Japan's nuclear watchdog has urged officials on its staff to keep the accident in mind and ensure safety as they do their job.
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka was speaking to about 700 NRA officials.
Tanaka said he is always reminded of the enormous distress the accident caused whenever he talks with people in Fukushima Prefecture. Tanaka himself is from Fukushima.
He said NRA officials must be aware that whenever there's trouble at the crippled plant, a dark cloud of concern weighs on the minds of people who have been displaced by the accident.
Tanaka said it is important for NRA officials to keep the accident in mind and to consider what their responsibilities as they work.
He asked them to sympathize with nuclear accident victims, be aware of what is happening in Fukushima and reconfirm the meaning of the culture of safety.
Tanaka referred to the ongoing safety screening of 10 idled nuclear plants across Japan. He called on the officials to carry out their tasks, bearing in mind the need to prevent accident at the plants. The screening is a precondition for restarting the plants.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority and its secretariat were launched in September 2012. The country's former nuclear regulatory body was seen as failing in its watchdog role.


Japan observes 3rd anniversary of March 2011 quake
Memorials were held across Japan on Tuesday to observe the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disasters of March 11th, 2011.

In Tokyo, about 1,200 people attended a government-sponsored memorial ceremony. They included the Emperor and Empress, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and representatives of those who lost family members.
The participants observed a moment of silence at 2:46 PM, the time the quake struck 3 years ago.

Abe said the government would speed up rebuilding efforts so that everyone affected could return to normal life as soon as possible. He pledged to build a nation that is resilient against natural disasters.
The Emperor said it is important that all people of Japan should unite their hearts and support each other for a long time so that those affected can live without losing their hopes and in good health.

Representatives of the bereaved families from the 3 hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima also spoke.
Mikiko Asanuma of Iwate Prefecture lost her child in the disaster. She said she will work to rebuild her hometown, which her child loved.
A representative from Fukushima Prefecture, Yukari Tanaka, lost her father. She said the disaster must never be forgotten so that such a tragedy is not repeated.

Authorities have so far confirmed that 15,884 people were killed in the earthquake and tsunami. 2,633 others are still unaccounted for.
In Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, people offered prayers for 51 firefighters who died while helping residents evacuate from the tsunami.

In Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, a ceremony was held at a convention center where more than 1,000 people took shelter after the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The city's 300 elementary school pupils sang a song written to support the recovery efforts from the disaster.

In Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, people still living in temporary housing gathered at a hill overlooking their hometown. They prayed for the victims, including 43 people who drowned in the tsunami while gathering at the town's disaster management office.


Population decline continues in disaster-hit areas

The populations of the 3 Japanese prefectures hardest hit by the 2011 disaster continued to decline.
NHK analyzed the population changes in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures between March first, 2011 and February first, 2014.
The total population dropped by more than 132,000 during the 3 years.
In the first year after the disaster, the population declined by about 85,000, as many people died or were evacuated.
In the second year, the number fell by 29,000, and the third year by 17,000.
Of the 3 prefectures, Fukushima saw the largest population decline -- more than 79,000 -- apparently due to the nuclear accident.
The numbers indicate that, given the slow progress in reconstruction projects, many residents are giving up on the hope of rebuilding their lives in their hometowns.
About 30,000 new homes are planned for those affected by the disaster, but only 3 percent of them were complete as of the end of February.
Progress in projects to relocate tsunami-stricken communities has also been slow. Only 10 percent of the areas planned for relocated communities had been developed as of the end of January.
But the populations began rising recently in some stricken areas, such as Iwanuma in Miyagi, due to progress in community relocation projects. Populations are also increasing in urban and inland areas such as Sendai and Morioka.

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1/18/2014

TEPCO - 2014

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TEPCO - January 2014

Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (東京電力株式会社, Tōkyō Denryoku Kabushiki-gaisha, TYO: 9501), also known as Toden (東電, Tōden) or TEPCO, is a Japanese electric utilities servicing Japan's Kantō region, Yamanashi Prefecture, and the eastern portion of Shizuoka Prefecture.
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特定秘密保護法案 Tokutei himitsu hogo hōan
The new secrecy bill. secrecy law is dangerous because Japan already has a lot of non-disclosable information and several related laws.
What will happen to the freedom of information, especially with respect to the problems of Fukushima?
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Geheimhaltungsgesetz, “Schutzgesetz” in Japan
vier Bereiche: Verteidigung, Diplomatie, Spionageabwehr und Terrorismusbekämpfung


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- January 01, 2014 -

Nuclear plants unlikely to resume operations soon - NHK
Officials with the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Japan say no nuclear plants are likely to resume operations in the near future.
They set new safety standards last July following the 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi. The guidelines call on operators to prepare for severe accidents and to reinforce facilities to make them earthquake-resistant.
Seven utilities have applied for safety screenings for 9 plants so they can restart operations.


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- January 08, 2014 -

Decontamination system stops working - NHK
Tokyo Electric Power Company on Wednesday stopped using its systems to decontaminate radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
It has used the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, to remove radioactive substances from contaminated water stored at the site.
TEPCO officials say the crane to remove the container from the ALPS stopped working on Tuesday.
The container which stores radioactive substances has to be replaced when it gets full.
On Wednesday TEPCO stopped operating all 3 ALPS systems. It says it may take long time to restart.
The company intends to decontaminate all radioactive water stored in the tanks by March 2015.


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- January 18, 2014 -

Water leak found inside Fukushima reactor building - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has found water pouring into a drain inside the number 3 reactor building.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says it is yet to determine where the water comes from, or how much radioactive material it contains.
The company said that the water leak was spotted on the first floor of the reactor building on Saturday by a camera installed on a remote-controlled robot used for removing rubbles. It said that the water flow was about 30-centimeters wide and constant.
TEPCO added that the water is likely flowing toward the building's basement where a large amount of radioactive water has accumulated.
TEPCO says that inside the reactor building there is water for cooling melted fuel and water in the spent fuel storage pool. It says rain water may have entered the damaged building.
TEPCO is trying to find out the source of the leaking water by analyzing footage taken by the camera, as radiation levels are too high for workers to approach the site.


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- January 19, 2014 -

Radioactive water leaking at Fukushima Daiichi
- NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says water leaking in the number 3 reactor building is most likely to have come from the containment vessel.
Tokyo Electric Power Company discovered the water flow on the first floor of the reactor building on Saturday.
The stream is about 30 centimeters wide and continuously pours into a drain.
An investigation showed the water contains nearly as high a level of radioactive materials as the contaminated water accumulating in the building's basement.
TEPCO says it detected 24 million becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, including strontium, as well as 1.7 million becquerels per liter of Cesium 137. . . .

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- January 23, 2014 -

Iwate Prefecture files petition against TEPCO - NHK
Prefectural and municipal governments in Iwate, northeastern Japan, have filed a petition with a state arbitrator to demand that the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant pay nearly 14 million dollars in damages.
The claim is the first by a prefectural government against Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, since the nuclear accident at the facility in 2011.
Iwate Prefecture's government and municipalities, along with other organizations, had demanded that TEPCO pay 73.8 million dollars in decontamination and labor costs. The firm refused to pay about one fifth of the amount. . . . Ichinoseki City Mayor Osamu Katsube said radiation hot spots in southern parts of Iwate have affected local agriculture and livestock industries.
Katsube said TEPCO should fully acknowledge its responsibility and compensate as soon as possible.


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- February 13, 2014 -

Record cesium level in Fukushima plant groundwater
- NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant says water samples taken from a newly-dug well contained the highest levels of radioactive cesium detected so far in groundwater at the site.
Tokyo Electric Power Company says the record levels suggest that the leakage point could be near the well.
The utility on Thursday said it had detected 54,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 137 and 22,000 becquerels per liter of cesium 134 in water samples.
The samples were taken on Wednesday from a new observation well located 50 meters from the ocean near the Number 2 reactor.
The level of cesium 137 is 600 times the government standard for radioactive wastewater that can be released into the sea.
It is more than 30,000 times the level of cesium 137 found in water samples taken from another observation well to the north last week.
TEPCO officials believe radioactive water is leaking from an underground tunnel that extends from the reactor buildings towards the ocean. They have been taking measures to prevent the tainted water from reaching the sea, but have yet to determine where the leak originates.
TEPCO suspects the leakage point is near the new well because radioactive cesium is easily absorbed into soil and is unlikely to be carried over a wide area in groundwater.


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- February 16, 2014 -

Water leaks from barrier found at Fukushima plant - NHK
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says officials have found water leaks at 7 locations in a barrier that surrounds tanks holding contaminated water.
Tokyo Electric Power Company officials said they confirmed on Sunday that water had leaked from the barrier near the Number 4 reactor. It's one of 30 barriers in the compound.
The officials said the amount of the leak was about 19.2 tons, which they believe seeped into the ground.
They detected 23 becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium 90 in water still inside the barrier.
The level is below the national standard for the discharge of contaminated water into the sea, but is 2.3 times the standard for discharging from the barriers.
Heavy rains last October caused the barriers to overflow. That prompted the utility to raise the height of the barriers.
The officials said the leaks occurred at connections between steel plates used to raise the height of the barrier and from where piping was installed in plates.
They said they are investigating why the leaks are concentrated at the barrier.


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- February 19, / 20 2014 -

Thermometer out of order at Fukushima No.2 reactor - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says there is just one working thermometer monitoring the temperature of melted nuclear fuel in the plant's No.2 reactor.
Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Company say they have discovered a fault in one of the 2 thermometers used to monitor the lower part of the reactor's container vessel.
They say the problem was found this week after workers accidently caused a short circuit by delivering 250 volts of electricity instead of 100 volts during checks on the thermometers.
The company continues to pour water into the No.2 reactor to cool the melted fuel at the bottom.
A series of problems left just one of 9 thermometers working at the lower part of the pressure vessel by September 2012. The newly malfunctioning thermometer was installed later that year.
The utility's announcement came more than 24 hours after the abnormality was found on Tuesday.
Officials say they failed to immediately notice the problem since the faulty thermometer was showing a similar reading - about 20 degrees Celsius -- as the working one.
The officials say replacing the gauge is likely to take time because of high radiation levels in and around the reactor. They say a new thermometer will have to be inserted through a pipe.


Highly radioactive water leaks at Fukushima plant - NHK
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says water containing extremely high levels of radioactive substances has leaked from a storage tank.
Tokyo Electric Power Company officials said the leak was found on Wednesday night in one of the many tanks being stored on the mountain side of the reactor buildings.
They say the leaked water contained 230-million becquerels per liter of beta-ray emitting substances. The amount far exceeds government limits.
They say the water leaked from a seam near the top of the tank. It traveled along a rainwater pipe and flowed outside the barrier that surrounds the tank.
Officials say they have taken measures to stop the leakage. TEPCO estimates that about 100 tons of water had leaked.
The utility say the water should not have flowed into the ocean because there are no spillways near the tank that lead to the sea. Officials say their investigation is still underway.



Water leak may be due to workers' mistake - NHK, Feb. 21
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the latest spill of radioactive water from a mountainside tank may have been caused by worker error.
... TEPCO had said that one of the 3 valves that connects to the tank may have been out of order. But the utility officials have found from a photo taken on Wednesday that the valve is not broken.
... The utility is also reviewing ways to supervise engineers who handle valves and monitor water levels in a tank.
This is because the water level was not monitored properly at the time the valves were operated. And tools for closing and opening the valves were not stored properly.


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- February 25, 2014 -

Fukushima No.4 reactor pool's cooling fan halts - NHK
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says a cooling fan for the spent fuel pool at the No. 4 reactor has stopped working.
Tokyo Electric Power Company announced on Tuesday that a warning alarm for an electrical problem went off at 9:40 AM.
The firm says work to remove spent fuel from the pool has been suspended. But it says there are 2 cooling systems, so it will switch to the second one and cooling should resume by around 1 PM.
The pool temperature is now 13 degrees Celsius. TEPCO estimates that it will rise by about 0.3 degrees per hour.
The operator says a nearby electrical cable may have been damaged in excavation work. The company is looking into the cause of the fan failure.

Reactor pool cooling system stopped - NHK
The operator of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the cooling system for the spent fuel pool at the No.4 reactor stopped temporarily due to an accident.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says a short-circuit alarm went off at around 9:40 AM on Tuesday, and a part of the reactor pool cooling system lost power.
TEPCO says drilling work on a road south of the reactor damaged a power cable. Cooling resumed around 4 and half hours later after personnel switched the system to another power source.
The spent fuel pool was 13 degrees Celsius when the cooling system stopped. The utility says the temperature rose only slightly, and did not surpass the company's safety limit of 65 degrees.
Workers suspended removing spent nuclear fuel from the No.4 reactor pool due the power outage, but resumed shortly after 2:30 PM.


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Cancer And Death by Radiation? Not From Fukushima
t’s always amazing when a United Nations report that has global ramifications comes out with little fanfare. The latest one states that no one will get cancer or die from radiation released from Fukushima, but the fear and overreaction is harming people (UNIS; UNSCEAR Fukushima; UNSCEAR A-68-46). This is what we’ve been saying for almost three years but it’s nice to see it officially acknowledged.

According to the report, drafted last year but only recently finalized by the U.N., “The doses to the general public, both those incurred during the first year and estimated for their lifetimes, are generally low or very low. No discernible increased incidence of radiation-related health effects are expected among exposed members of the public or their descendants. The most important health effect is on mental and social well-being, related to the enormous impact of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, and the fear and stigma related to the perceived risk of exposure to ionizing radiation. Effects such as depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms have already been reported.”

In addition, the report states,
“Increased rates of detection of [thyroid] nodules, cysts and cancers have been observed during the first round of screening; however, these are to be expected in view of the high detection efficiency [using modern high-efficiency ultrasonography]. Data from similar screening protocols in areas not affected by the accident imply that the apparent increased rates of detection among children in Fukushima Prefecture are unrelated to radiation exposure.”
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12/31/2013

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Reports about problems with TEPCO come up regularly, it seems, so NOW :
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- - - January 01

Noticeable earthquakes in Japan top 3,000 in 2012
The Japan Meteorological Agency says the number of noticeable earthquakes across the country this year topped 3,000. It says nearly 60 percent of them were aftershocks from last year's giant quake.
The agency said, as of Sunday, 3,134 quakes had been felt across Japan. That's about 1,000 more than the annual average from 2001 to 2010.
An analysis of seismic waves shows there were more than 10,000 noticeable quakes in 2011.
Agency officials say while the number of quakes decreased from last year, they continue to see frequent seismic activity.
They're asking people to be on the alert for possible strong quakes with a magnitude of at least 7 or those triggering tsunami.
(NHK world news)


Tsunami-hit city aims to be reborn - Higashi Matsushima
HIGASHIMATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Pref. —
In a coastal city flattened by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, a project is under way to rebuild the area as a self-sustaining community that will be in harmony with nature by making use of Danish knowhow on renewable energy.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130101f2.html



52,000 people came to need care after disaster

More than 50,000 people in northeastern Japan have come to need care after the area was hit by the tsunami and nuclear accident in March 2011.
Municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures have designated 52,000 people who require help. The towns and villages are located along the Pacific coast or near the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
The number of people newly designated increased by about 16 percent in the area.
Local officials say they expect more people will need nursing care, since many in the region have been forced to live outside their homes.
Some of them have health problems due to stress or anxiety about their future.
52,000 people came to need care after disaster
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- - - February 11

almost 2 years past . . .



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元漁師汗して浜の瓦礫掻く
moto ryooshi ase shite hama no gareki kaku

Former fisherman
sweating to clean the beach
still debris-piled


Shimizu Kyoko
source : www.ict.ne.jp/~basho-bp

It is painful to see the many local reports of fishermen trying to clean up, get new boats, make a catch and then trying desperately to sell the fish ...
so many have died . . .
so many have left the coastal areas to find a new existence elsewhere.
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moto ryooshi - he used to be a fisherman but lost his home, boat, family members and fishermen friends, -
his former existence vanished in one moment due to the deadly tsunami

gareki - the huge mountains of debris still waiting on to be cleared on most of the beaches, a huge problem for the officials even after almost 2 years . . .
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Nature has once again shown us humans that it takes its course in mighty strides . . .
We shall never forget !



new moon
half naked in the wind
the barren fields


Ella Wagemakers



two years on . . .
small children with growths
on their thyroid


Elaine Andre


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- - - February 18th, 2013

Highest Yet:
Cesium levels in fish off Chiba coast exceed radiation limit for first time — 200 kilometers from Fukushima plant —
Due east of Tokyo
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- - - March 02

WHO says only slightly higher cancer risk for Fukushima residents
Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, an international team of experts said Thursday that residents of areas hit by the highest doses of radiation face an increased cancer risk so small it probably won’t be detectable.

In fact, experts calculated the increase at about 1 extra percentage point added to a Japanese infant’s lifetime cancer risk.

“The additional risk is quite small and will probably be hidden by the noise of other (cancer) risks like people’s lifestyle choices and statistical fluctuations,” said Richard Wakeford of the University of Manchester, one of the authors of the report. “It’s more important not to start smoking than having been in Fukushima.”

The report was issued by the World Health Organization, which asked scientists to study the health effects of the disaster in Fukushima Prefecture.

The most exposed populations were directly under the plumes of radiation after three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant suffered meltdown and spewed radiation into the surrounding air, soil and water.

In the report, the highest increases in risk are for people exposed as babies to radiation in the most heavily affected areas. Normally in Japan, the lifetime risk of developing cancer of an organ is about 41 percent for men and 29 percent for women.
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Japan riled by WHO's Fukushima cancer warning
Japan on Friday insisted warnings by the World Health Organization of a rise in the risk of cancer for people in Fukushima were overblown, saying the agency was unnecessarily stoking fears.

“Their calculations were made based on the assumption that people continued living inside the evacuation zone and ate banned food.
But there are no such people,” a ministry official said.
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- - - March 15 - NHK news

Experts: Cesium leak may be continuing
Researchers say contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant could still be leaking into the port. They are calling for a thorough investigation.
A team from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology has been studying data on seawater directly in front of the plant. Tests of the port water show levels of radioactive cesium of up to 100 becquerels per liter. That level exceeds the government's safety standard.
Researchers calculated the total amount of radioactive substances in water spilling from the plant over a one-year period.
According to their calculation, about 16.1 trillion becquerels of cesium 137 may have leaked into the sea in the year since June 2011. That's about 73 times the safety discharge limit imposed before the accident in March 2011.
Experts say that amount of contamination won't threaten marine creatures in the open sea. But they say those in the port could be accumulating the radioactive substance.
. . . . . TEPCO officials have conducted their own surveys. They say they don't think that radioactive substances are leaking into the sea from the plant compound. They say the reasons for high cesium levels have yet to be clarified. They say they will continue to investigate.


220,000 tons of tsunami debris to reach N.America

Japan's Environment Ministry says tons of debris swept away by the March 2011 tsunami will reach North America from April.
The ministry on Friday released the results of its third and more precise computer simulation on the debris.
The report says the main part of the drifting debris, mostly lumber and wooden materials, will start to reach North American shores in April, 4 months later than initially forecast.
105,000 tons is to arrive by June and 221,000 tons by October.
The tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11th, 2011, is believed to have swept away 1.5 million tons of wreckage to the Pacific. Some has already arrived in North America and Hawaii.
Japan's government has provided 6 million dollars to the United States and Canada to help them dispose of the debris.
It also plans to provide the simulation results to the 2 countries.



. Takahashi Eikichi 高橋英吉 .
(1911-1942)
An artist from Ishinomaki town, now shown at a Sendai Museum.



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- - - April 11 - NHK news

Fukushima schoolchildren clear of cesium
Schoolchildren living near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have come up clear of radioactive cesium in internal-exposure screenings.
Researchers led by the University of Tokyo examined roughly 1,400 elementary and junior high school children in Miharumachi, 50 kilometers from the crippled plant.
They carried out the tests from September to November last year.
Researchers said levels of cesium 137 in all tested children were below the detectable amount of 300 becquerels.
The same researchers implemented similar tests between November 2011 and February 2012. They found then up to 1,300 becquerels of cesium 137 in 54 children.
Researchers say the new results show that checks on food products have generally prevented children from ingesting radioactive material.
University of Tokyo professor and team member Ryugo Hayano said the researchers will continue to gather data so Fukushima residents can feel safe.
Researchers this time were able to test all schoolchildren in Miharumachi. Subjects of previous screenings took part on a voluntary basis, leading to doubts over the relevance of results.


TEPCO reports another water leak

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says more radioactive water has leaked at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The trouble occurred on Thursday during work to transfer contaminated water.
TEPCO said about 22 liters of water leaked through a pipe joint and seeped into soil covering an underground storage pool but did not flow into the nearby sea.
The firm estimated that substances with more than 6.3 billion becquerels of radioactivity leaked with the water.
Workers discovered the leak shortly after they started pumping contaminated water from a leaking pool to another pool. They immediately stopped the operation.
TEPCO said it hopes to restart the work after fixing the problem.
The pools were designed to store large amounts of contaminated water being produced constantly as a result of work to cool the plant's reactors.
TEPCO said on Wednesday after a series of leaks were found at some of the pools that it would stop using them. The firm said it would transfer the contaminated water stored there to tanks to be set up on the ground.
TEPCO was transferring the water between the 2 pools as a temporary measure until the tanks could be used.


Panel questions govt monitoring of Fukushima plant
A panel of experts from Japan's nuclear regulator has raised doubts about the government's monitoring of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. They also said the government lacked an understanding of the risks associated with reactors.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority panel met on Friday to discuss recent leaks of radioactive water from underground storage facilities in the Daiichi compound.

After the leaks were found by workers earlier this month, the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, has to quickly devise a plan to figure out a way to deal with the rising volume of water.
Some panel members said TEPCO may not have adequately tested the storage facilities before they were used.
The operator said their tests showed no abnormal data but they admitted that their tests may not have been adequate.
Nuclear Regulation Authority member, Toyoshi Fuketa, said the most serious problem is that the government does not fully understand the risks and did not set the right priorities.
He indicated that the authority will assess environmental risks in order to take steps of the highest priority.
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- - - April 12 - Japan Times


Rat, snakes, leaks betray just how frail Fukushima No. 1 is

A rat causing a power outage by short-circuiting a temporary switchboard. Another blackout occurring as workers install antirat nets. Holes in the linings of huge sunken reservoirs leaking radioactive water.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has run into a string of problems the past few weeks that highlight its precarious state more than two years after three of its six reactors melted down in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

A makeshift system of pipes, tanks and power cables meant to carry cooling water into the melted reactors and spent-fuel pools inside shattered buildings remains highly vulnerable, Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka acknowledged Wednesday.

“Fukushima No. 1 is still in an extremely unstable condition. There is no mistake about that,” Tanaka said at a weekly meeting of the regulatory body’s leaders. “We cannot rule out the possibility that similar problems might occur again. Whenever a problem occurs, it halts the plant’s operations and delays the primary goal of decommissioning the plant.”

The problems have raised doubts about whether the plant can stay intact through a decommissioning process that could take 40 years, prompting officials to compile risk-reduction measures and revise decommissioning plans. The regulatory watchdog said Wednesday it would add a ninth on-site inspector in order to better oversee the plant.
Just over the past three weeks, there have been at least eight accidents or problems at the plant, the NRA said.
The spate of problems started March 18, when a rat got into an outdoor switchboard — which was sitting on a pickup truck — powering the jury-rigged cooling system and several other key parts of the plant, causing a short-circuit and blackout that lasted 30 hours in some areas of the plant. Four storage pools for fuel rods lost cooling during the outage, causing Tepco to acknowledge that it had added backup power only to the reactors, despite repeated concerns raised over a pool meltdown.

The cause of the outage wasn’t clear at the time, but Tepco later released a photo of the electrocuted rat, which had fallen on the bottom of the switchboard housing. The most extensive outage since the crisis started after the March 2011 disasters caused more Fukushima residents to even consider evacuation.

Two weeks later, a new water processing machine designed to remove most radioactive elements temporarily stopped after a worker pushed a wrong button. The next day, one of the fuel storage pools lost power again for several hours when part of a wire short-circuited a switchboard while an operator installed antirat nets. Tepco reported three other minor glitches on the same day, including overheating of equipment related to boron injection to the melted reactors.

Regulators acknowledge that rats and snakes are abundant at the plant, and Tepco has started to take steps to protect pipes and cables from rat gnawing. Replacement of parts and equipment to those of higher quality and long-term use is in progress.

In the latest development, three of the plant’s seven sunken reservoirs are leaking. Tepco reported the first leak early Saturday, hours after the plant’s second power outage. Within days, it was learned that three reservoirs were leaking, paralyzing the plant’s storage plans for contaminated water.

Tepco says none of the about 120 tons of radioactive water that leaked was believed to have reached the ocean. Experts suspect the radioactive water has been leaking from the plant since early on in the crisis, citing high contamination in fish caught just off the plant.
The contaminated water is a headache for the plant, and by far the most serious of the recent problems because of its potential impact on water management and the environment.

The tanks are crucial to the management of contaminated water used to cool melted fuel rods at the plant’s wrecked reactors. They have since stabilized significantly, but the melted fuel inside must be kept cool with water, which leaks out of the reactors’ holes and ruptures and flows into basement areas.

“The contaminated water situation is on the verge of collapse,” Tanaka said. But he said there was no choice but to keep adding water, while trying to seek ways to minimize the leaks and their risks.

To address local outrage over the recent problems and Tepco’s failure to detect problems earlier, company President Naomi Hirose traveled to Fukushima and apologized Wednesday for the problems. He promised to expedite the construction of steel containers and move all the water there from the sunken reservoirs, at the request of industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi.

The reservoirs, all built by Maeda Corp., come in different sizes, including one the size of an Olympic swimming pool and similar to an industrial waste dump.
source : www.japantimes.co.jp

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- - - April 20 - NHK news

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- - - May 30 - NHK news

"Frozen wall" considered for nuclear plant water
The operator of the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is still struggling to control the flow of groundwater into the reactor buildings 2 years after the accident.
A government panel is now proposing that a "frozen wall" be built around the buildings to prevent groundwater from seeping into the site.
The panel has been discussing measures against the groundwater since April when leaks were found in underground storage pools for contaminated water.
One measure being considered is to pump up the groundwater before it reaches the reactor site and release it into the ocean.
But the panel members say it would be difficult to contain 400 tons of groundwater per day. Fishermen also oppose the plan.
Another plan would be to bury coolant pipes and freeze the ground around the reactor buildings in order to make "frozen walls".
The panel members say the new plan comes with some technical difficulties. The operator would need to make sure that the groundwater level does not drop too much or else the contaminated water inside the site could seep out.
The panel will finalize the plan at a meeting on Thursday. It will call on the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company to urgently consider the plan.

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- - - May 30 - NHK news

Nuclear authority to allow 2 reactors to run
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority is set to allow the only 2 reactors remaining online in the country to continue operation.
Experts from the authority have been inspecting the reactors at the Ohi nuclear plant, in central Japan, to see if they can satisfy severe accident guidelines that take effect in early July.
- snip - Officials at the authority had presented the draft report for the plant last week. It says there is no immediate threat to the safety of the reactors. The experts approved that draft with the improvements.
The authority is expected to allow the reactors to continue operating through to September, when they will go down for regular maintenance. - snip -



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- - - September 12, 2014 - NHK news

Some of the inundated land remains untouched
NHK has learned that some of the land along the coastal area flooded by the 2011 tsunami remains unused.
Municipal governments in northeastern Japan that were hit by the disaster have purchased land in the inundated areas. They hope the financial assistance will help former residents move to higher ground away from the sea.
Officials of 25 municipal governments in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures told NHK that they have so far purchased a total of 2,600 hectares for about 2.1 billion dollars.
They said that 37 percent of the purchased land remains unused after the disaster because they have no idea at present how to utilize the land.
Some officials said that the pieces of land are scattered, making it difficult to put them to use.
They also said that businesses may hesitate to move into the areas that were once flooded by tsunami.


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